Short Cross Legends book

short cross coin identification

This is a fantastic book and fast tracks the identification of British Short Cross Coinage.
Short Cross Legends is the most up to date, most comprehensive and by far the easiest wat to identify Short Cross Hammered coins. Written by a good friend and respected detectorist Gerry Slevin someone who has given a great deal of thought to the subject, to make it literally as simple as ABC, in fact that’s exactly how he’s done it.


Step 1 : Identify the first letter of the moneyer’s name and then look it up Alphabetically.
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Aftershokz bone conducting headphones for metal detecting

Afterchox headphones position

Bone conducting headphone are the very latest technology…well when I say latest various forms of this technology have been used over the years.

Bone conducting headphones

For example : Ludwig van Beethoven, the 18th century composer who was almost completely deaf discovered he could hear music through his jawbone by biting a rod attached to his piano.

I have been given a set of Aftershokz Sportz 3 to try, although my hearing is reasonably good, I have been told these are very popular with sports persons because the pads do not sit on your ears, but in front of them.
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How deep will a metal detector go

How deep can a metal detector find treasure
The buried hoard test : I wanted to know how deep a discriminating metal detector could detect a small hoard, so was told to go and get some machines, a big spade and some coins.
These days we hear so many stories about new models going deeper than ever before, we read about people finding coins and artefacts over 2 feet in depth.

Buried hoard test
I have always been interested in finding a small hoard at 2 feet is it scientifically impossible using the metal detectors we are all searching with today, I have been told coins with a patina are electronically isolated from one another so in the ground a detector will not see the coins as a mass, more like several individual targets. Continue reading

Tesoro Amigo review

Tesoro Amigo

Some of you know I have a weakness for early Tesoro’s, especially the Silver Sabre’s and the Gold Sabres.
For many years I have been looking for a clean Tesoro Amigo to go into my dust gathering collection, then all of a sudden two became available, both in a sorry state and in need of repairs.
One Amigo had broken coil lugs and the other Amigo had an extra sensitivity control fitted and would not detect correctly.

Buying two old machines needing a lot of work was quite a gamble, I really wanted to pay good money for just one with an original box and documentation, but something told me it was worth a punt as I knew one of these machines was responsible for finding some nice Gold coins so it deserved bringing back to life. Continue reading

Metal detectorist finds 22,000 Roman coins

xp finds roman coins

Metal detectorist finds 22,000 Roman coins

How would you feel if you found a large pot of Roman coins while out metal detecting, that’s exaxctly what Laurence found with his XP Deus while detecting in Devon.
Laurence 51, made the discovery as he metal detected land near Seaton, in East Devon – when he found the hoard he was concerned someone would steal it, so he camped out for three nights while archaeologists excavated the site.

Metal detectorist finds 22,000 Roman coins

The find !

While out detecting with his XP Deus Laurence got a large signal, he thought it was iron but decided to dig anyway.
As he dug down he found three iron ingots, when he lifted them Roman coins were stuck to the underside.

Read the full article on the XP Blog.

XP Deus Hoard hunting

Having read about Saxon hoards in the recent news we decided to have a Sundays metal detecting of a different nature.
Our aim was to dig deep targets, so armed with the Deus 13″ coils we headed off onto our fields.Our approach was slightly different to normal, we wanted a set up that gave us information based on the size and depth of the target, we were not interested in whether it was a high or low conductor, just size and depth. Having run through the Deus options we both decided to choose the pitch feature.GDS-GIF

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